It would cost around $10 million.
This according to Downton Abbey producer Gareth Neame (pictured) who, on Monday at a Season Five preview event in Manhattan, answered an audience question about the idea of the ITV/PBS smash featuring an episode (or two) set here. From AP Entertainment reporter Alicia Rancilio’s item:
An audience member noted that the Crowleys — the fictional aristocratic family that the show is centered on — have relatives in New York and asked whether Downton Abbey would ever go there on location.
Neame said it was a great idea, but would cost roughly $10 million.
Can someone – with a proper British accent – say, “crowd funding?” The other, secondary issue would be the schedules of actors Paul Giamatti and Shirley MacLaine, who cameod previously as Crowley American relatives. Season Five of Downton Abbey premieres in the U.S. Sunday January 4.